Cola can cause kidney problems

Posted by Sally on January 27th, 2008

IMG_2036_mF.jpg It’s well known that too much cola can increase your risk of developing diabetes and obesity and now it appears that kidney problems might be added to the list.

“In a study published in the journal Epidemiology, the team compared the dietary habits of 465 people with chronic kidney disease and 467 healthy people. After controlling for various factors, the team found that drinking two or more colas a day — whether artificially sweetened or regular — was linked to a twofold risk of chronic kidney disease.

source: nytimes.com

It appears that the phosphoric acid seems to increase the risk of kidney stones, renal failure and other conditions affecting the kidneys.

I’ve got to say, the very thought of getting kidney stones is more than enough reason for me not to drink cola. I’ve known a few people who have had them and from what they have all said, the pain is excruciating. Worse than giving birth was the comment from one lady who has two children.

Just on the subject of kidney stones, drinking plenty of water will help to prevent them, so that’s just another reason to make sure you keep yourself hydrated.

The study also found that drinking two or more noncola carbonated drinks did not increase the risk of chronic kidney disease.



Top 5 Worst Meal Replacement Bars

Posted by Sally on January 20th, 2008

This is an interesting video from diet.com with their top 5 worst meal replacement bars.

I don’t buy these myself as I prefer fresh fruit and vegetables to snack on but I know many people who eat these thinking they are healthy and low in fat. Packaging plays a major part in this and like always, you really do need to read the labels carefully. Just because a product has words like healthy or 99% fat free doesn’t meant that they are good for you or low in fat.

The criterion used to select these particular products is total calories, caloric density, saturated fat, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.



98% cancer risk when using solariums

Posted by Sally on January 15th, 2008

300807_solarium_art.jpg A new study conducted by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency found that people under the age of 35 who used solariums increased their risk of forming a dangerous melanoma skin cancer by an alarming 98 per cent.

The study also found using a solarium just once increased an individual’s chance of developing the rarest and deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma by 22 per cent.

Last year, the dangers of using solariums was highlighted by a very brave and young Clare Oliver who passed away at the age of 26 from skin cancer in September.
Clare was a regular user of solariums and also sun baked regularly at the beach but after discovering a lump under her arm which was later diagnosed as melanoma.

She worked hard in her final weeks to make the public aware of the dangers of solariums and sun baking. Clare Oliver Melanoma Fund



Online Match Service for Breast Cancer patients + survivors

Posted by Sally on October 31st, 2007



Lung cancer and those who haven’t smoked

Posted by Sally on October 2nd, 2007
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ABCs of Melanoma Identification

Posted by Sally on September 26th, 2007

I’m going to add this new widget to the site but also wanted to provide a post with a direct link.

The widget has been built by a group called VisualDxHealth.com and it looks like it might be useful to anyone interested in melanoma identification.

It is important to note that you need to go and see your GP as soon as you notice any change in your skin.


Learn the ABCs of melanoma identification. By understanding the 5 signs of this type of skin cancer, you can greatly reduce your risk of a serious health problem.

Included are definitions, animations, and self-care tips on each of the key identifiers of melanoma. Use this as a guide to your monthly skin cancer self-exam.

Also, make use of our trusted health-care search to answer your other health questions.



Stroke brain re-growth

Posted by Sally on September 24th, 2007
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